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In line with the Centre’s aim of fostering scholarly debates on a range of inter- and multi- disciplinary topics, the CAS Blog will be used to highlight and engage necessary and relevant topics linked to the Centre’s key projects and research themes. This includes (but is not limited to) the environmental humanities, social insects, urbanities and their hinterlands, the human economy, chemistry and computational science.

BLOG #11: Whose food system are we advancing?

by Dr Frank Tchuwa 

In this blog, Dr Frank Tchuwa discusses the need to genuinely engage diverse actors in developing a more unified sustainable food system in Africa. The original sotry was posted on the FSNet-Africa website on 20 February 2023.

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BLOG #10: Zambian Diet: Food Preferences, Options and Decisions

by Dr Natasha Mwila

In this blog, Dr Natasha Mwila discusses the factors that impact on nutritional diversity and food choice in Malawi. The orginal blog was posted on the FSNet-Africa website on 9 Febriary 2023. 

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BLOG #9: The use of Moringa as an alterantive natural additive for poultry growth

by Dr Nobuhle Sharon Lungu

FSNet-Africa fellow and animal nutrition researcher, Dr Nobuhle Sharon Lungu, shared her thoughts on the use of Moringa as an alternative, safe additive for poultry growth. The original story was posted on the FSNet-Africa website on 30 November 2022. 

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BLOG #8: Border communities in Nigeria continue to remain unsafe: Are border security forces to blame? 

by Dr Samuel Okunade

This article argues that the large presence of various Nigerian security forces, has in no way, ameliorated the security situation in the border area. However, this anomaly can be addressed if proper monitoring of the border area is carried out by relevant authorities. 

BLOG #7: Pandemic Stories: Hopes and fears of Zweli Majozi an immigrant farmworker 

by Zakes Hlatshwayo 

Zakes Hlatshwayo interviews Zweli Majozi*, looking at the challenges and hardships that comes with being an immigrant worker, and the power imblances that create continued instablity in their lives. 

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BLOG #6: Pandemic Stories: Conversations with Miss Sibongile Mkhize (not her real name). 

by Zakes Hlatshwayo

Covid-19, lockdowns, the loss of income has hurt both famers and farmworkers. Sibongile Mkhize shares her life journey. She talks about being laid off, being responsible for an extended family and the disappointments of failed state social support.

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BLOG #5: Food Systems Transformation in Africa: Lessons amid a Global Pandemic
by Professor Frans Swanepoel and Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee
In this blog, the FSNet-Africa team discuss the impact the covid-19 pandemic has had on the global objective of achieving a sustainabile, resilent and fair food system. 

BLOG #4: Aborted "End SARS" protests and its anticipated implications on youth out-migration in Nigeria

by Dr Samuel Okunade

In this blog, Dr Okunade discusses the impact of the "End SARS" protests in Nigeria on the migration of young Nigerians, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the continued debate on open versus closed borders. 

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BLOG #3: Evidence, narratives and failure to adhere to the Hippocratic oath

by Professor Robin Crewe 

In this blog, Professor Robin Crewe discusses three interventions implemented by the South African government to minimise the effects of Covid-19 in South Africa and the scietific evidence (or lack thereof) that informed the policy interventions. 

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BLOG #2: A time to rise like lions in the battle against Covid-19

by Professor Tinyiko Maluleke

This blog entry is a republication of Professor Tinyiko Maluleke's contribution ot News24 on South Africa's early response to the Covid-19 pandemic in March and April 2020. 

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World Food Day Blog #5: Africa’s Agricultural Transformation and the Role of African Higher Education

by Professor Thom Jayne

In this blog, Professor Thom Jayne discusses the rapidly changing social and agricultural landscape in Africa, and emphasises the need for agricultural higher education institutions to play a transformative role in promoting Africa’s economic transformation. 

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World Food Day Blog #4 Partnerships and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development

by Professor Chiekh Mbow

In this blog, Prof Cheikh Mbow, Director of Future Africa, discusses the opportunities that exist on the African continent for improving food security. Africa has all the resources to achieve Zero Hunger. Prof Mbow highlights the role of Future Africa in creating a platform for researchers from across the continent to engage in transdisciplinary research that connects research to end-users.

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World Food Day Blog #3 World Food Day: A Science Communicator's Perspective

by Mologadi Makwela

In this blog, Mologadi Makwela – Manager: Communication, Marketing, and Engagement at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security chats to FSNet-Africa about the role of science communication in advancing food security and nutrition. Makwela highlights the challenges faced in bridging the gap between research and action.

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World Food Day Blog #2 African Food Systems: Science and Partnerships for Impact

by Prof Lindiwe Sibanda

One of the biggest challenges that we face globally, and particularly in Africa, is the challenge to end hunger. As we approach World Food Day on 16 October, it is an important time to reflect on science and partnerships to transform African food systems and tackle the challenge of food security in Africa. We cannot do this without the right partnerships – in particular, science partnerships.

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World Food Day Blog #1 African Action for Zero Hunger: FSNet-Africa launches World Food Day Campaign

by Prof Frans Swanepoel, Prof Claire Quinn and Dr Madzivhandila 

Ahead of World Food Day on 16 October, UP’s Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) will focus on African Action for Zero Hunger over the next 2 weeks. In this first post, the FSNet leaders discuss the FSNet partnership.

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BLOG #1: Sand Extraction Wreaking Havoc along the Manyame River

by Dr Tafadzwa Mushonga

Cities around the world are growing. Consequently there is an ever-growing need for housing construction. Sand is a major construction resource, the source of which is embroiled with conflict, and often left damaged beyond repair. While bringing shelter, dignity and security to people, sand extraction is wreaking havoc.

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